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Iowa's courts include District Courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Iowa Supreme Court. Iowa's 99 counties are divided into 8 districts, each having a District Court that handles the majority of cases, including small claims, juvenile, mental health, violation of city/county ordinance, criminal, probate, domestic relations, and general civil cases. If you appeal a District Court decision in Iowa, it will be reviewed by the Iowa Court of Appeals. The Iowa Supreme Court is the state's highest court and hears appellate court appeals.

If you're seeking information regarding Iowa court records, you can visit, Iowa's online docket record search website. This website provides information including case titles, a list of filings, and child support and fine payments, as well as a copy of the court docket. Additional information, including case schedules, exhibit lists, bonds, and lien indexes is available for an additional $25 monthly charge. Copies of Iowa court documents aren't found on this website. If you're seeking copies of Iowa state court records, you'll need to contact the clerk of court office for the county in which the records are held.
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29, Mar 2015 - Johnson, IA Johns to remain held without bond on parole violation charge
IOWA CITY — The Coralville man accused of abducting his stepdaughter from a home in Solon this weekend will remain in custody without bond. Kenneth E. Johns, 48, made his initial appearance in front of a judge Tuesday morning after being returned to the Johnson County Jail on charges of domestic abuse while displaying a weapon and a parole violation for an incident said to have occurred in ...
29, Mar 2015 - Sioux City, IA Iowan who managed Nebraska apartments is sentenced
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 41-year-old Iowa woman who was managing property in northeast Nebraska's South Sioux City has been sentenced for lying to federal officials.
29, Mar 2015 - Judge consolidates Iowa teacher's sex cases
A judge has consolidated two sexual exploitation cases against a former Council Bluffs high school math teacher.
29, Mar 2015 - Des Moines, IA Man convicted of kidnapping girl in 1979 dies
DES MOINES (AP) — A 79-year-old Iowa man convicted of kidnapping and sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl has died in prison. The Iowa Corrections Department says Robert Padgett died Tuesday of natural causes stemming from dementia. He’d been housed at the Iowa State Penitentiary Hospice Care Unit. Padgett was a convicted sex offender who’d been released from prison in April 1978 when he ...
29, Mar 2015 - Johnson, IA Iowa City man sentenced for heroin trafficking
An Iowa city man is sentenced to 151 months in prison today for distributing heroin in Eastern Iowa. 
29, Mar 2015 - Sioux City, IA Apartment manager sentenced
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 41-year-old Iowa woman who was managing property in northeast Nebraska’s South Sioux City has been sentenced for lying to federal officials. Federal prosecutors said Monday that Melissa Edwards, of Sioux City, Iowa, was given a year and a day in prison and was ordered to pay more than $179,000 in restitution. She must serve three years of supervised release when she leaves ...
29, Mar 2015 - Cedar, IA Iowa man gets consecutive life terms in killings of parents
A man convicted of killing his parents with a machete on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement in central Iowa has been sentenced to consecutive life terms in federal prison.
29, Mar 2015 - Iowa High Court: Insurer not on Hook for Leak at Shopping Center
The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that an insurance company is not on the hook for a 2010 leak at Waterloo shopping center that damaged a store. In a split decision on March 20, the high court sided with State … The article Iowa High Court: Insurer not on Hook for Leak at Shopping Center appeared first on Insurance Journal .
29, Mar 2015 - Linn, IA Iowa court ruling lets public sector tap into solar
CEDAR RAPIDS — Tax credits to cover 30 percent of the upfront cost haven’t done much for local elected officials in Iowa eager to try solar energy for public buildings as a way to save...
29, Mar 2015 - Des Moines, IA Iowan convicted of 1979 kidnapping of 11-year-old girl dies
A 79-year-old Iowa man convicted of kidnapping and sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl has died in prison.
29, Mar 2015 - Denison, IA Around Iowa: Man’s double murder trial moves
The trial of a 20-year-old Denison man has been moved to Sioux City.                
29, Mar 2015 - Attorney General’s office warns of scam
DES MOINES — The Iowa Attorney General’s office reported today that the Grandparent Scam, which has been around for several years, continues to target older people across Iowa and across the country. According to a press release from the office, a criminal exploits an elderly person’s unwavering love, caring and instinct to help a grandchild or young relative in need. By claiming that he is a ...
29, Mar 2015 - Black Hawk, IA Woman to serve prison time for selling synthetic drugs
An Iowa woman was selling more than make-up and cell phones out of her stores and now she's headed to federal prison.
29, Mar 2015 - Des Moines, IA More Questions than Answers After Fort Madison Prison Hearing
DES MOINES, Iowa – More than a year after a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, the facility remains unopened and construction costs continue to rise. Thursday morning, a house oversight committee brought in Department of Administrative Service Director Janet Phipps to address the situation. Phipps told the committee the delay is currently due to a failed ...
29, Mar 2015 - Des Moines, IA Iowa lawmakers shocked by state women's prison cost
The cost of expanding and renovating the state women's prison at Mitchellville has now reached a projected $122 million.
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